June 24, 2015

Vintage Baby Dress and Bonnet

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Disclosure: I was given the fabric and the thread by Organic Cotton Plus in exchange for my honest review and addition to my pinterest account. All opinions are my own.

I was sent this lovely voile fabric to use for a project. I was going to use it to make a button up shirt for me, because this was the perfect lightweight fabric for a summer shirt, but I ended up using it to make this vintage baby dress and bonnet that I've been wanting to make for my baby.

The fabric is so soft and since it's also organic, I thought it would be perfect for a baby, especially my baby who has super sensitive skin. I also used some organic thread. I noticed it was slightly thicker than the usual all purpose thread I usually use. It also comes wound on a cute vintage looking wooden spool. It's more expensive then regular thread, but that's typical with things that are organic.

This rick rack collar was one of the trickiest things I've ever sewn. It's not perfect, but I really like how it looks anyway. So darling above the pleats.

I used a couple of paper patterns to create this look. I believe they're both Simplicity. I really like PDF patterns because the fit is tested, but some of them are missing technique. Paper patterns are really helpful in teaching me the "right" way to sew things. 

I love the piping detail on this bonnet. There are also instructions for embroidery, but I ended up skipping that since I used a print instead of a solid color. I thought the embroidery would get lost in this print.

And here it is on my adorable baby. The fit of the bloomers was spot on, the bonnet was great, but the dress ran large, which is kind of par for the course in my experience with paper patterns.

And a little dimpled baby hand. I love the rick rack trim and the tuck at the bottom of this dress!

This fabric was fantastic to sew with and the perfect weight for a light baby summer dress. If you're willing to spend a little extra money on this, especially for organic, I'd recommend this fabric (or one of the other prints in the line). 

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Rachel Roach said...

This is really lovely! The pattern is so pretty and so is your sweet girl! I would love to know what made that collar tricky for you. Was it that odd trim?

Terra Sews said...

Thank you! Yes, the rick rack was tricky to attach, since you only catch the top edge on the collar and the collar band.

Frances Suzanne said...

What a fun, summery outfit!! Soooo cute!!

Terra Sews said...

Thank you!

Charity said...

That is darling! I love the trim on the dress, and the scalloped edge of the bonnet.

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